Boots tap, hands clap, and grins grow like new spring grass when Cowboy Jim Garling begins to play. Join the fun at the Performing Arts Studio on 2nd Friday, June 14, with cowboy music, camp ground cooking, dutch oven demos and delicious free samples on the lawn. It’s all free from 6 to 9 pm at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones. Geatches Studio Artists exhibit continues inside the Depot through June 28.
Audiences young and old enjoy Jim Garling’s incredible vocal style, his remarkable and long-proven guitar skills and the little dose of short histories and interesting anecdotes he gladly shares about the songs he sings. With guitar strap on shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, he’ll bring you and yours cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorites tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life.
Garling has performed at top western regional and national venues and events, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, Western Heritage Days--Tom Mix Festival and Wild West Show, Cherokee Strip Celebration, Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium, Western Music Association Annual Meeting, and the Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival. He teaches fiddle and guitar lessons to at the famous Double Stop Fiddle Shop in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma.
PAS Executive Director Rick Fry, one of whose avocations is camp ground cooking, will bring his “camp kitchen” to give dutch oven demos and provide samples to visitors. Boy Scout Troop 777 will assist Fry.
The Geatches Studio exhibit continues in the Depot Gallery, featuring artists Ladd Adams; Veida Blick; John Brandenburg; Jim Cobb; Kathryn Dean; Tom Delheimer; Janie Deupree; Sam Echols; Kay Graff; Brenda Hollis; Bill Hood; Larry Layton; Ted Majka; Sherrie McGraw; Bhupinder Obhrai; Dennis Parker; O. Gail Poole; and Gary Yazzie. Converted more than 50 years ago from a 1920s grocery store on Hudson near NW 25 in Oklahoma City, an average of 100 accomplished artists draw and paint at the Geatches studio every month.
Depot office and gallery hours are 8 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to noon Saturdays. Depot Gallery exhibitions are made possible in part by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council.